It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.
This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b.
Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country.
Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All-stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington.
Oz’s latest album is based on boogaloo. Basically, boogaloo meets Bitches Brew. Oz says he really “…didn’t have concepts for my first few records. But then with Twisted Blues Volume One and Twisted Blues Volume Two it was a concept of taking the blues and twisting them with harmonies and that sort of thing. Then I did Who Gives a Funk and that was almost like a James Brown kind of vibe. More of a funk and soul thing. When I have a concept, I can start writing things that fit what I’m doing”
On growing up as a musician in Israel: “I started playing when I was ten. When I was thirteen or fourteen, I started playing professionally. By the time I was sixteen I started to play with some artists that were well known in Israel. I played with some pop artists and did some recording. Then I was on a big TV show. I was in the house band. I also always did jazz gigs. Always. I played a lot of little bars and clubs. It’s small, but still there are enough jazz gigs to where you can play and develop. You didn’t have to be the best player in the world in order to get gigs. For me it was good. It gave me a chance to develop professionally. I could do work there, whereas in New York I would have no chance.”
Dave Weckl and Hadrien Feraud will be joining Oz this night at The Seasons both with long histories with legends of modern jazz like Chick Corea! If you love live music and have an affinity for hearing one of the best under-the-radar guitarists in the country, then you don’t want to miss this show!